Lady Sings the Blues

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I’m excited to share that I’m participating in a very special fundraising event benefitting The American Lung Association.  The event is called Lip Sync for Lungs, and I’ll be battling it out on stage with 5 other contestants at the American Theater on January 25th at 7pm.  The other contestants will be Lance Oliver Attorney at Motley Rice, Josef Kirk Myers, of That Level,  Noel Richardson of Lava Salon, Femi Oyediran sommelier at Belmond Charleston Place, and Denise Holtz of Keller Williams Realty.  Our special hosts will be Geoff Richardson of
Lava Salon, Michele Seekings of Spire Art Services, and musician Laura Alward Ball with celebrity judges The Cocktail Bandits, Mike Seekings, and Blair Barna
of Charleston City Paper.

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This cause is near and dear to my heart because mother died of lung cancer at the young age of 44 and never smoked a day in her life.  Being a part of this event and spreading the word on this great cause is so important to me.  You can help raise money by voting for me here before the event and your donations will benefit The American Lung Association.  They are the leading organization helping to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. By donating as little as $10 you can help improve the lives of children who have asthma, tobacco education in schools, and local coalitions on lung health, air quality, and tobacco policies.

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Everyone’s performance is top secret including mine, but I’ll give you a couple of clues.  I’m going to be a music and fashion icon that has inspired people for over 3 decades.  You can purchase your tickets here, but don’t wait, I heard they’re selling quickly.  Your ticket will also get you into the official after party at Prohibition where you can dance to an 80’s and 90’s mix by DJ Tanlines.   I hope to see you there!

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Stevie Blouse by Band of Gypsies $79, Bell Bottoms by Band of Gypsies $56, Sancia Bootie by Sbicca Vintage Shoes $56 all from 7 Gypsy

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina, Hair by Mac Does Hair

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Var-city Blues

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January is in full swing and thankfully there’s lots of clothing options at Maris DeHart to keep you looking cool through the cold and warm winter months.  This pom pom sweater is the cutest and at $68 you can’t go wrong!  These ultra suede leggings are probably the softest pants I’ve ever worn.

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The easiest way to pop your wardrobe is with key accessories.  I’m loving this python varsity jacket, wedge sneakers and bag from by Taxidermy which you can find at their pop-up shop at 32 Vendue Range.  Quay is hands down one of my favorite sunglass brands and now you can shop them at Maris DeHart right next to Taxidermy.  The ring and earrings are by Naked Eyes, a local Charleston jewelry brand made by the talented couple Emily Hill and Alex Kael.    I’m so happy they’re are also a part of the Curator Covets collection I’m collaborating with at Maris DeHart benefitting the Lowcountry Orphan Relief.  To learn more check out my previous blog post here.

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Taxidermy Python Sleeve Varsity Jacket $850, Taxidermy Ashford Satchel in color “Poppy” $1,395, Taxidermy Natural Python Chuck Taylors $895 // Grey Pom Pom Sweater $68, Ultrasuede Jeggings $108, Quay Sunglasses $50, Naked Eyes Jewelry Brass/Sterling Silver Ring $175, Naked Eyes Jewelry Brass Bar Earrings $68 from Maris DeHart

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Feast Your Eyes

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Right before my holiday break I was fortunate enough to host a special dinner of The Feast of Seven Fishes at Vincent Chicco’s. Located on one of the most romantic streets of Charleston – Hutson Alley, this Italian restaurant is both grand and intimate.  The perfect place for both a group dinner and date night with your hunny.

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Before my feast with friends I had to swing by Dandy Boutique to see what new goodies Holly had stocked her shop with.  I’m so glad I did because I found this cute maxi dress for only $72!  The sunglasses and hat from there were the perfect 70’s accent to this dress. I can always count on Dandy for the coolest, most affordable sunnies for under $30.  They’re located on John St. just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Vincent Chicco’s.

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It might not be brunch time, but Candy Shop Vintage is serving breakfast all day with these Croissant earrings.  Deirdre Zahl, the designer of Candy Shop Vintage recently launched her Cafe Collection complete with a Croissant choker, poodle and perfume charms on earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.  If your looking for vintage jewelry or retro inspired accessories, then you’ll have to visit her shop on Cannon Street in the Cannonborough area.

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Being half Italian American I knew about eating fish for Christmas Eve dinner, but this 7 course seafood feast was on another level.  I was joined by Plate South, The Cocktail Bandits, Holy City Handcraft, Charleston Foodie Babes, Charleston Blonde, Southern Meets Chic, and Venita Aspen for a stretchy pants approved food fest.  The first dish, and one of my favorites was the Bacalao.  It was the perfect blend of textures with the crispy fried salted cod sitting on potatoes stewed in tomato sauce.

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As each course came out executive chef Aaron Lemieux came out to explain in great detail every dish, giving us a greater appreciation what we were devouring.  The Calamari Fritti was my other favorite with the lemon garlic aioli, roasted peppers, and balsamic tomatoes.  This was a Calamari dish I was glad I didn’t have to share.

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After the 5th course I was pretty stuffed, but I had to save room for dessert which was the perfect size for me. The Sfogliatelle was a ricotta and hazelnut stuffed pastry sprinkled with powdered sugar.  And that chocolate sauce on the side was the perfect amount to dip it in.

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It was a fun night catching up with old friends and making new ones at Vincent Chicco’s.  Now I’m looking forward to getting back there soon so I can try some of their homemade pastas!

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Dress $72, hat by San Diego Hat Co. $52 and sunglasses from Dandy Boutique // Croissant earrings by Candy Shop Vintage $60 // Boots by Corso Como

Photography by Libby Williams

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Cinnamon Swirl

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2017 is here and there’s so much to look forward to.  Living in a city like Charleston where there’s constant change means that there’s more opportunities for local businesses to grow and southern designers to be featured in local shops.  My latest purchases from House of Sage  like this moto jacket and jeans by Ellison will easily take me from this southern winter to spring seamlessly.  Both of them together cost under $150, not bad at all!

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Emerging southern designers are abound at Maris DeHart where beautifully handcrafted products can rival any mass manufactured accessory.  Myrtle Beach based jewelry designer Ash Hoffman pumps out one a kind bohemian bling like this cuff and rings.  Savannah based accessory designer Ellia Wang makes thoughtful modern bags and jewelry like this leather clutch.  Her innovative prints on suede will stop you in your tracks and this new design is no exception. Both designers are also a part of the Curator Covets collection I’m collaborating with at Maris DeHart benefitting the Lowcountry Orphan Relief.  To learn more check out my previous blog post here.

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Faux suede moto jacket and jeans by Ellison, and shoes from House of Sage // Lace Bodysuit by Only Hearts from Bits of Lace // Ellia Wang Wristlet $398, TAI Jewelry pom pom bracelet $78 Beaded bracelet $68, Ash Hoffman Sterling Silver Snake ring $145, Ash Hoffman hammered sterling silver cuff $325, Ash Hoffman rose gold heart on sterling silver band ring $105, Adriatic Jewelry double triangle silver ring  $84, and Naked Eyes Silver Bar Ring $135, choker, and sunglasses all from  Maris DeHart 

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Out to Brunch

 

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A few weeks ago I took a trip out to Freshfields Village for a little R&R with the family.  It’s always the best of both worlds – shopping and eating.  We stayed at our favorite Kiawah accomodations the Andell Inn, for a weekend of family fun.  One of my favorite shops out there is Tres Carmen which stocks fashion forward women’s clothing and accessories to the Kiawah crowd. The owner Michelle Tarleton has been delivering fresh style to her James Island clientele at her Folly road shop for 4 years, and took the plunge to open up her Freshfields location this summer.

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It’s all about mixing hi with low and scooping up outfits at attainable prices. This top is only $58 and pants for only $61, but you’ll have to save up for the Taxidermy clutch.  Tres Carmen in Kiawah stocks an extensive collection of Taxidermy accessories including the covetable snakeskin Chuck Taylors and python bags.

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I’m decked out in Ash Hoffman jewelry which is also carried at Tres Carmen.  These diamond studded earrings and stackable rings are a couple of her online exclusives that have been selling out. This Myrtle Beach based jewelry designer might be based in a different city, but her presence is known in Charleston.  I love wearing her beautiful handmade, one of a kind pieces that are made with love.

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Just a hop, skip, and a jump away was brunch at Hege’s.  This under the radar restaurant should be in the spotlight more because it’s seriously some of the best food I’ve had in the lowcountry. Along with my brood I was accompanied by Libby Williams of Plate Southand we crushed it!  The chef and owner Richard Hege (pronounced like eggie) has brought his 29 years of executive chef experience in New York and Raleigh to Kiawah for an uncompromisable foodie experience.

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There was no hesitation in ordering the French Toast which was a brioche bread pudding, maple mascarpone cheese and berries.  We demolished this!

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Brunch is all about balance, and that’s the perfect mix of sweet and savory.  These house potatoes were fried to perfection and rivals any french fry you’ve ever tried.  The Shrimp and Grits is a must for all you die hard fans out there.  This one topped with a poached egg put us over the edge.

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Our server was well versed in the menu and pretty much knew every special they’ve ever made.  I think the calling of a great restaurant is the impeccable execution of explaining each dish in great detail, to the cooking, to the presentation, to the delivery, and Hege’s nailed it!  If brunch was this good, I can imagine what dinner is like.

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Blouse by Do + Be $58, pants by Frnch $61, shoes by Jeffrey Campbell $119, and Harper clutch in Natural python by Taxidermy $795 from Tres Carmen at Freshfields Village // Maris diamond earrings $795, Maeve stacked rings with diamonds in rose gold and yellow gold by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams, on location at Freshfields Village

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Deck the Halls

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Looking for the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit can be a daunting task, but not when you have some great local boutiques in Charleston.  I love this dress from House of Sage that’s only $82!  Plus today everything that’s sparkly is 30% and tomorrow (Dec. 24th) everything is 25% off.  So if your looking for those last minute gifts or party outfits, this is definitely the time to shop.

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All the jewelry is from Croghan’s Jewel Box, a Charleston institution that’s been on King Street for over 100 years.  Known for their fine jewelry and the best customer service in town, they also stock fun jewelry at attainable prices including the Goldbug line by 4th generation Croghan – Mini Hay.  This brushed metal cuff is more than a statement piece, it’s one of the newest designs from the iconic Goldbug collection that’s sweeping the south.  I can’t wait to see what the bugs will be adorning in 2017.

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The new Katie envelope clutch by Taxidermy gets a new spin with the contrasting stripe. The stripe has been popping up on some of the favorite bags from the popular python line.  Amy Wachter Driggers, the designer, is making it that more difficult to decide on which one to get.  If you want to drool at all the accessories in person then you have to swing by her pop up shop at 32 Vendue Range next to Maris DeHart.

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Dress  by Ark & Co. $82 from House of Sage // 18k Vermeil pink tourmaline starburst medallion necklace $185, gold plated wreath earrings $130, large bug hinged cuff $250, 14k vermeil baroque blue stone ring $250, 14k gold plated nautical compass ring from Croghan’s Jewel Box // $125 Katie Envelope Clutch Black with Natural Stripe $995 from Taxidermy

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Creature of Comfort

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Recently I had the pleasure of staying at the Andell Inn at Freshfields Village in Kiawah and probably had the best sleep of my life.  This is one of my favorite places for a staycation near Charleston.  With only a 30 minute drive from my house in James Island I feel like I’ve escaped to a destination hundreds of miles away.   My kids love it because their favorite store Wonder Works is there, and I love it because it really feels like a village where you can spend the day shopping and eating great food.

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All the rooms have an amazing view of the lowcountry, and the beds make it so hard to get out of.  I had to pack the comfiest silk pj’s from Bits of Lace and this cashmere robe for the ultimate luxe experience.  If your looking for a way to splurge on yourself or hint at your loved one for a gift, lingerie and super soft loungewear is always a no brainer.  I always think having quality foundation makes your clothes look better and we spend so much time in bed we might as well make it the most comfortable experience by wearing cozy loungewear.

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Lavender silk tank and boxer shorts by PJ Harlow $120, Cashmere robe by Arlotta $437, and eye mask from Bits of Lace // “Kendi” necklace in Rose Gold, “Baby Moon” necklace in Rose Gold, “Jessie” ring in Rose Gold, “Suzy” skull ring in Rose Gold, by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams, on location at Andell Inn at Freshfields Village

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